What parents need to know about Palcohol
In Christianity, one of the many miracles Jesus performed was turning water into wine. Now, a new product offers people the chance to perform a similar feat.
Palcohol, or powdered alcohol, comes in a 4-by-6 inch packet and could be available in U.S. liquor stores this summer. The powder created by Lipsmark can be poured and mixed into 6 ounces of liquid to create an alcoholic beverage. It will come in four varieties – vodka, rum, “Powderita” (margarita flavor), and lemon drop.
“Palcohol is a boon to outdoors enthusiasts such as campers, hikers and others who wanted to enjoy adult beverages responsibly without having the undue burden of carrying heavy bottles of liquid,” Mark Phillips, founder of Palcohol, says on his website. “Similarly, adult travelers journeying to destinations far from home could conveniently and lawfully carry their favorite cocktail in powder format.”
The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau recently approved Palcohol. Last spring, the bureau approved the product, but quickly rescinded their approval, claiming it was in “error.”
After news of the approval, many have expressed outrage and concern over the potential dangers of the product.
Parents are worried Palcohol will put their children at risk.
“We’re already so conflicted and confused about how to discourage teen drinking,” says Hélène Tragos Stelian, a blogger from The Huffington Post. “Now Palcohol has found a way to make it even harder for us to navigate this no-win situation. Seriously, Palcohol, are you just trying to torture parents of teens?”
Some fear that the product might become a new fad for teens trying to smuggle the small package into concerts, sporting arenas, school dances and friends’ houses. Parents are also concerned that the powder might be mixed into alcoholic drinks, increasing the alcohol consumption to dangerous levels without kids even realizing. Teens snorting the powder has also been a big concern.
“This approval enables alcohol to nuzzle up in children’s minds to the coziness they feel with hot chocolate or Kool-Aid,” says Dr. Rubinstein. “It puts children at higher risk for complications from alcohol ingestion.”
What do you think of Palcohol? Should the new alcoholic product be banned?
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